The Master of the Mystic Arts might have crossed beyond the Mirror Dimension and into Dommaru’s dark realm in the recent “Doctor Strange” film, but nothing can have prepared him for this — his own movie remade as an 8-bit animation from the fine folks at Cinefix!
As is often the case with 8-bit cinema adaptations, the two-minute short contains some light spoilers for the film, but nothing that would serious inhibit the enjoyment of fans. Director Norwood Cheek and animator by Raz Mercian focus more on humor and their love of the tropes of 1980s video games, such as the all-powerful Konami Code, than on plot points; there is no post-credits sequence here.
The mirror dimension sequence in particular lends itself to the arcade-style action of old Capcom games such as “Ghouls ‘n Ghosts,” and Cheek’s custom chiptunes will keep viewers bopping away happily. The only frustration is that there isn’t a real playable version of the game to download.
Directed by Scott Derrickson, and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton, “Doctor Strange” is in theaters now.
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